Is this an 1860’s Moment: What will Become of the Republican Party?


“The American People deserve better than two fundamentally dishonest New York liberals.” – Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE)

Conservative Nebraska Senator [score]Ben Sasse[/score] (R-NE) has been a vocal critic of Donald Trump’s authoritarian response to most of the challenges our nation faces. He was the first major national GOP figure to state that he would NOT be voting for Donald Trump as president.

Given what we know about him today, here’s where I’m at: If Donald Trump becomes the Republican nominee, my expectation is that I will look for some third candidate – a conservative option, a Constitutionalist.

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It’s with all this in mind that Senator Sasse appeared on MSNBC’s Meet the Press Daily on Monday to speak with Chuck Todd about what conservatives might do if forced to choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Sasse argued that much of what we see in the rise of Trump is the GOP’s own fault because the Party has lost its way and forgotten its own core principles. The Senator also reminded Todd that there was a long way to go in the primary and that Trump had not yet secured the nomination, meaning that conservatives still had time to get a better candidate nominated.

See the full Meet the Press segment below:

Other conservative voters who have promised not to vote for Trump cite similar constitutional concerns.

“I am convinced that Donald Trump is the antithesis of everything that the Founders stood for. I do not believe that such an egomaniac would acquiesce when Congress refused to pass his preferred laws. I fear he would ignore Supreme Court decisions, and pack the court with judges who disregard the Constitution’s original intent and disfavor limited government — like his sister, a sitting federal judge.”

“A Trump presidency would mean a huge congressional win for Democrats in two years.  After that, Donald Trump as president would lead to executive overreach on steroids.  He would not follow the Constitution, and that’s bad for the country.”

“I have seen and lived through Peron and other demagogues (Cristina Kirchner the most recent).  They foster envy and hatred.  Undermine the foundations of healthy society in countless ways.  Trump is one of them.”

“A man prone to this type of petty insults and overreactions, who mocks the physically disabled and threatens to use our legal process (and presumably the power of the presidency) to go after the press and his political opponents, is more fit for a third-world dictatorship than the United States.”

 “I think he may be a fascist, and I don’t say that lightly.”

The road ahead is a minefield of risks for the GOP. Either they support Trump and risk losing conservatives, or they don’t support Trump and risk losing his supporters. 2016 is not unfolding the way Republicans had hoped it might. What should have been a banner year for conservatives is collapsing into a fiasco.

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